03: A Holy and Just God – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God can use crises to make His people sensitive to their dependence on Him and their need for renewal and reformation.gless03 (1)

[Teaching Plan for A Holy and Just God April 15,2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Joel 1:14,15.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What are the benefits and advantages of corporate repentance and prayer over personal and private repentance and prayer?
C. Personal Application: Have you ever experienced a natural disaster in your life? How did you cope with it? Did the disaster bring you closer to God or further away at the time? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “What is the “day of the Lord”? Why should anyone be concerned about it? Aren’t we supposed to be looking forward to the second coming?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Joel 2:28,29.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Are there only certain times and circumstances when God gives specific gifts to be used, or does He bestow these gifts when someone is ready or a group is ready? Does God give the gifts upon request?
C. Personal Application: What things can we do in our lives to make us more receptive to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Share your thoughts.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Did this refer specifically to the prophetic gift given to E.G. White, or does it have reference to the Day of Pentecost, or does it refer to a future outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain before the plagues fall?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Joel 2:30-32.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does Joel mean by the remnant that the Lord shall call? Why are these people called a remnant? Won’t everyone be calling on the name of the Lord during this terrible time – like a fire escape religion?
C. Personal Application: What does it mean to call upon the name of the Lord? Is this a one-time thing; or a state of mind, a continued way of living and waiting for God? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Is this an application of a dual application? Before the judgment of 1844 there was the Dark Day and the Blood Moon and the stars fell. Will these be repeated? Will it be before or after probation closes?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Matthew 10:28-31.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does Jesus contrast man’s fear of man with man’s fear of God? Why can’t man kill a person’s soul if the soul is the total person – body and breath?
C. Personal Application: If God has the number of hairs on your head numbered, how intimately does God know you? How does that make you feel? Share your thoughts.
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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03: A Holy and Just God – Teaching Plan — 3 Comments

  1. 'Life is not in the abundance of what we have'! This is theoretically hard to learn in this age when everyone is striving to have more and more. 'This is life eternal, that they may know You (God)....', Jesus said. While God tenderly supplies our daily bread, His grand plan is never to prosper us in this sin-blighted world! He has a beautiful plan - the plan of salvation - to make all prosperity achievable and blissfull in the purified world. That is the 'idea' He wishes to share with His people! That is the focus He wants us to have!
    In the year 2008, when the Zimbabwean economy totally crumbled, people tasted a life without money - hard, but livable. One lesson one can deduce from that experience is that we can trust the Lord for daily bread in worse situations (especially now that there are no better promises in the world - economies are collapsing). The Lord will allow shakings in the economy, in the sea......for His children to be aroused to the solemnity of the hour. We are heading into perilous times through which only those accustomed to disciplined lives will pass! How well we should learn to trust Him, Who cared for the first Elijah for 3 and half droughty years! We pass through unpleasant locations, but He is still The Good Shephard!

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  2. Out of love, God brought calamity to the Isrealites to make them realize how their evil ways have separated the from their creater and the source of their livelihood. Perhaps they would realize their folly and turn to their God

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